Hong Kong protests: Police takes control of council building; China warns of outside interference
Hong Kong Police firing tear gas to curtail the protest. (Image: International Anticrisis Center on Twitter)

Hong Kong police on Tuesday retook the control of the legislative building, a day after demonstrators smashed their way into the state building.

Lakhs of demonstrators took to streets to mark the handover anniversary on July 1, with few turning violent and vandalized the building.

Hong Kong police fired tear gas inside and outside the building to scatter the building and retook the control.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has denounced Monday night’s violent protests in Hong Kong as “radical,” terming them an “undisguised challenge” to the city’s system of governance, CNN reported.

A spokesman for China’s State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said in a statement Tuesday that they strongly supported the city’s government and police force and severely condemned vandalism by protesters.

The spokesperson of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang talked tough and issued a stern warning to any country who “interfered” in Hong Kong, the report suggests.

“Don’t interfere in Hong Kong’s domestic affairs in any kind of way. Don’t support those violent criminals in any form. Don’t send any misleading signals. Don’t make any wrong actions,” he said.

“If the violence which happened to the Legislative Council in Hong Kong happened in Europe or the United States, how would they deal with it?” he asked.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam, however, condemned the demonstrations on Tuesday, calling them “extreme use of violence”.

“I hope the community at-large will agree with us that with these violent acts that we have seen, it is right for us to condemn it, and hope society will return to normal as soon as possible,” BBC quoted her as saying.

United States President Donald Trump also said that he wished that the matter “gets solved”.

“I’ve rarely seen a protest like that, it’s very sad to see,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, adding that he hoped the matter “gets solved.”

“I was with President Xi of China […] and we talked about it briefly,” said Trump, who met Xi on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting.

The US State Department also called for calm in Hong Kong.

The annual protest of Monday, latest in the series of protests, was speculated to be much larger. This protest was in part with the initial protest held on June 12 against the extradition bill.

On the contrary, the administration has agreed to suspend the controversial bill immediately.

As per local media reports, the protesters, who apparently seemed to be prepared with gloves and yellow helmets, smashed the building glasses with iron rods, cargo carts and broke through the council building.

Few spray-painted the inside walls of council and protesters raised the former colonial flag, which includes the British union jack.


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